Seminar, a good excuse
In April 2019 I participated in a seminar in Zhejiang Shaoxing City , see here.
Shaoxing is a city in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, straddling the Grand Canal and crossed by many waterways. The city’s rich cultural history is also marked by native writer Lu Xun’s former residence, now a museum.
Shaoxing is also known variously as the ‘City of Waters,’ ‘City of Bridges,’ ‘City of Calligraphy,’ ‘City of Tea,’ and ‘City of Scholars.’ It gives off an image of an elegant and peaceful locale with deep cultural connotations,
We were spoiled by our two guides who took us around Zhejiang Shaoxing City on Monday 22 April.
First stop was Shen’s Garden, with a history of over 800 years. Known for the love story of Lu You and Tang Wan.
Later Lu Xun hometown, his birth place and home. Lu Xun is one of the most famous modern Chinese writers. Lu Xun’s works became known to English readers as early as 1926 with the publication in Shanghai of The True Story of Ah Q.
After lunch in a local restaurant we walked around in the old town and had a boat trip.
In the evening we had dinner in Shaoxing CBD, SIJIFENGQING XUNWEI Restaurant. Very nice place, nice local dishes. The CBD area is pretty modern, stark contrast to the old city center.
The pictures are in that order of the visit, nearly all from me.
Date 8 February (Chinese New Year Holiday) and 8 June 2016.
Locations: Gongti (Workers Stadium), Sanlitun (new) Yashow and Taikoo Li (“The Village”), East Third Ring Road, present CBD area, new CBD area (east of the 3rd Ring, under construction), Conrad Hotel, Jing Guang Centre, CCTV Tower and the doomed and still unopened hotel next door, Radegast Hotel on Guanghua Lu, the building with our “secret” KTVs on Third Ring Road East, People’s Daily Building (Renmin Ribao), Shash Restaurant (Uzbekistan Cuisine, next to Saint Angel Hotel)
See the progress for the buildings in the new CBD area.
Date 4 January 2015
The Beijing CBD (Central Business District) by night with the decorations for New Year.
Locations: The Place, area around World Trade Center (Guomao, Guanghua Lu, Jianguomenwai).
Taikooli in Sanlitun (Beijing), formerly called The Village, has many activities.
Here on 1 June 2016 the exhibition on The World of Warcraft, related to the movie Warcraft: The Beginning, the premiere was on 8 June and was a tremendous success.
Date of visit: 25 May 2016.
In regions like Africa and the Middle East people may know nothing about China but most know the magic word YIWU CITY (Zhejiang Province): Yiwu where all what you fancy comes from.
The real and main attraction is the Yiwu International Trade Mart, a gigantic shopping center for exporters – no single pieces are sold. It covers 4.7 million sqm with 70,000 booths and over 200,000 daily visitors. It is said to be “the largest mall commodity wholesale market in the world”.
Visiting the mall you never want to buy that cute souvenir in Madrid, Amsterdam, Malaga, wherever. Or that exquisite doll in Japan or that magnificent Buddha statue in Thailand. Or that cute dog in porcelain in a high-end store. Or those bells and bracelets in a Chinese temple on a remote mountain (the monks come to buy here!).
Indeed, whatever you fancy, it come from Yiwu.
When I had brought some souvenirs from Belgium to Beijing I was shown by my Chinese friends you could simply buy it (cheaply!!!) online on Taobao.
Kills the fun of looking for souvenirs!
The mall is indeed just as magical as the Cave of Alibaba.